Recently organisations and stores have begun implementing ways of making their customers feel safer and calmer in their environment. For example, Morrison’s have started their ‘quiet hour’ between 9-10am on Saturdays to raise awareness for Autism and make their store a pleasant place to shop. This includes turning down the lights, keeping machines quiet and turn off loud music. Other stores across the UK have also joined this movement such as Sainsbury’s involvement with the National Autistic Society’s Autism Hour and Asda hosting quieter hours across many of their stores.
To join in with spreading the awareness, The Gulbenkian are showing films in their Accessible film club, making it a relaxing and enjoyable event for everyone. This film club includes a few changes to their usual film screenings, such as keeping the sounds and lights lower, no trailers or advertisement, more allowance for movement and noise, subtitles and also people to help you find your way around. Audio Description headsets are even availably for those with visual impairments so no one misses out. Tickets are only £5 per person and carers/support providers go free.
On Saturday, 27th October at 3pm, the theatre are screening Coraline in their Accessible film club. Based off Neil Gaiman’s book, Coraline follows the adventure of an 11 year old girl finds a new, strange world past a hidden door. When Coraline moves to an old house, she quickly becomes bored and feels ignored by her parents. One night she discovers a secret door that takes her to an alternative version of her own life. At first it seems much nicer, but later the horrors are revealed.
The film is described as being reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, yet with an air of danger. It is filled with magic and imagination that makes you forgetful of the dark twist. Coraline has some scary scenes, but the colourful settings and moving music keeps the film gripping.